Moore residents searching for pets after tornado; Home Depot a central location for rescued animals

MOORE, Okla. - As the recovery continues after a deadly tornado tore through Moore Monday, residents are searching for missing pets in the wake of the storm.

The Home Depot here in Moore is just one place people are bringing animals found in the rubble. More than 70 dogs were brought in overnight.

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Rescue workers are keeping an organized list to ensure pets are reunited with their families.

Moore resident, Scott Burkhart came in searching for two dogs, Romy and Nemo.

"Nobody was home at the time, but the thing with the dogs, they were there by themselves, Burkhart said."

Burkhart's home is gone, destroyed. His first look at it was during the news coverage he watched from the safety of a relative's home.

"I saw it on the news; they showed it."      

He was on a mission for his pets, stopping at the Home Depot, the animal shelter and checking websites.

"I hope they escaped."

Burkhart was not hopeful.

But in a twist of fate, his story now has a happy ending. He found Nemo.

"He was shaking and he was scared but he was pretty excited."

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Burkhart says he may have lost everything; this means the world to his family.

"I understand in the totality of it, it's miniscule to most people country-wide but to my family it's big."

For others showing up at Home Depot, there is some good news.

"I am just so excited to have him and he's safe," said Katt Tasetano of her cat Max.  "We thought they were all lost."

Tasetano wasn't home during the storm.  One of her other dogs didn't make it.  She's still searching for other pets, but finding Max gave her encouragement to keep searching.

"It gives me a sense of hope that we can find the rest of them and bring them back together," she said.

Volunteers with the Humane Society of Tulsa are in Moore, providing community outreach and pet supplies at First Baptist Church.

A Facebook page -- the McClain County Animal Response Team -- is also set up to reunite people with their pets (http://on.fb.me/14NqVjO).

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